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Gallery Night showcases middle school photography

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:42 p.m.
Cami DiBattista
Panorama club advisor Adam Storey of Ligoner helps students learn editing techniques to touch up photos for their upcoming Gallery Night event. Students are (from left) Emily Hunter, 13, of Waterford; Gwen Hoffman, 12, of Ligonier; Tanner Sell, 11, of Waterford; Nicole Tuk, 13, of Waterford; and Kyleigh Jester, 11, of Seward.

Panorama – an elective photography club at Ligonier Valley Middle School - will present a Gallery Night 5 - 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Ligonier Valley YMCA on 110 W. Church St. Admission is to the photography display is free.

“It's really fun,” said eighth-grader Nicole Tuk, 13, of Waterford, who has been involved with several previous Gallery Night events. “It's interesting to see people's reactions to the pictures I take.”

Participants can browse the student's work, which will be displayed along with a biography of each of the 40 participating students.

“The students' photos will be showcased at the YMCA for a week or two for anyone who wishes to view them, but they will only be for sale during Gallery Night,” said Adam Storey, teacher and club advisor.

In the past, the event was held at the middle school, but this year the show has been moved to the YMCA.

“We didn't get a lot of community involvement having it at the school,” said Storey.

Story said he hopes to see an increase in attendance by having it at the


Copies of any photo can be purchased. They will sell 4x6 images for $1, 5x7 images cost $3 and 8x10 photos are $5.

A box will also be available for donations. Funds raised during the event cover the cost of printing photos and sustain the club throughout the school year.

Gallery Night is held two times a year to allow students an opportunity to display their work.

Students have free reign over what they choose to photograph and submit their three favorite pictures, Storey said.

“You'll see photos of landscapes, pets and cars,” said Storey. “It's fun to see what they come up with. I enjoy seeing their perspective on things.”

Storey said he was planning on assigning a theme for students to follow for the second Gallery Night event, to be held sometime in May.

“I'm really excited about the show,” said sixth-grader Tanner Sell, 11, of Waterford.

Sell is submitting a photo of a puzzle-piece ornament hanging from a Christmas tree.

“My brother has autism and a puzzle piece represents autism,” Sell said.

Storey started the photography club three years ago and immediately around 50 kids signed up. Storey said he thought the draw of the club was due to the limited number of non-athletic clubs available to students. The club has sustained around the same number of participants every year since.

“I'm not an expert by any means,” said Storey. “It's just something I enjoy doing.”

Using editing programs to crop, rotate and enhance photos and learning the importance of capturing an image from a unique angle are just some of the tips he has shared with his students, Storey said.

Storey initially raised funds for the club by participating in contests to win grant money from Del Monte Corporation and PepsiCo. The contests earned enough money to purchase 11 single-lens cameras, Storey said.

Most students have and utilize their own point-and-shoot cameras, but they are permitted to borrow the club cameras, Storey said.

“The kids treat them very well. They know it's a privilege to be allowed to take home the cameras overnight,” said Storey.

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.